It was time to buy the windows so I had to decide Which ones to go for.
From looking around it seems most were buying Seitz Windows or using Bonded Windows. I’ve had both before and like the Seitz as they are easy to fit, double glazed and come with a nice looking fly-screen and blackout curtain. Bonded windows are probably the nicest looking from the outside but are a pain to finish nicely on the inside in my opinion. Besides they are single glazed and I want double glazed as they have better insulation (I use a van all year around) and are less prone to condensation.
I now had a choice of window, Seitz or Polyvision. Time for a comparison.
Its pretty easy to see why the Seitz are so popular. They look great. Fitting is also an easy process. Cut the right size hole in the side of the van, add some battens around the cut-out on the inside, run a bead of non-setting mastic around the edge of the window and push into place, screw the blind to the window from inside the van. Easy.
The Polyvision’s were really nice as well. They fit in a slightly different way. Instead of the blind screwing to the window the window is held in place using brackets against the battens, then the blind is simply screwed to the inside wall of the van and then has covers over the corner. The window shown has a Horrex blind system but there are several other options available.
I was torn between the two. I preferred the look from the outside of the Seitz but preferred the inside and the blinds on the Polyvision. The Polyvision also has a slimmer frame so lets in more light. But the Seitz was black 🙂
In the end it didn’t really matter what I thought anyway. The Missus prefered the Polyvision. We were getting Polyvision. I did a little more research and found that the Polyvision was available with a black screen print around the window edge instead of the grey in the pictures above so ordered them for the sides of the van.